Contents tagged with Minsk agreements

  • Russia opposes Ukraine's bill on reintegration of the Donbas

    Boris Gryzlov, the permanent representative of Russia to the Trilateral Contact Group, which was formed to facilitate the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine, said that the bill on the reintegration of the Donbas is an attempt to destroy the Minsk agreements.

    “At today's meeting of the contact group, the participants could not ignore the bill of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to reintegrate Donbass. According to the available information, this bill being worked …

  • German Foreign Minister: Russia must implement Minsk Agreements for sanctions to be lifted

    The head of the Foreign Ministry of Germany said that the main condition for the lifting of sanctions against Russia would be for Russia to implement the Minsk agreements, Espresso TV reported.

    "During his visit to St. Petersburg at the international economic forum that is taking place there on June 1-3, Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel discussed the situation in Ukraine with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin," the German media reports.

    During his meeting with …

  • Russia: Ukraine's banning of the St. George's ribbon will postpone the implementation of the Minsk agreements

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs belives that banning St. George's ribbon in Ukraine will postpone the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova at a briefing in Moscow, UNIAN reports.

    "Regarding the ban on the distribution and manufacture of St. George's Ribbons, you know perfectly well that this will not affect the Russian Federation in any way but it will have a huge negative impact on …

  • Poroshenko and Merkel discuss possible pressure on Russia to fulfill Minsk agreements

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had discussed a possible scenario of putting pressure on Russia to fulfill its part of the Minsk agreements, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    “A significant portion of time was devoted to the coordination of actions to implement the Minsk agreements. It was established that Russia is not fulfilling the Minsk agreements, and we have to develop a scenario which would motivate Russia to sit at the negotiation …

  • Germany: military parades in separatist republics violated the Minsk agreements

    Germany said that military parades in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) violated the Minsk agreements and represented a threat to the population of the region, Ukrinform news agency reports.

    The military parades were held in Donetsk and Luhansk on May 9. In the DPR, from 50 to 80 units of military equipment were involved while in the LPR more than 60 units of military equipment and weapons and 1,200 soldiers took part in the parade.

    The German government …

  • Lavrov accuses Head of Ukrainian National Security Council of refusing to comply with Minsk agreements

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that statements by the Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, regarding the advance of Ukrainian troops to the east of the country indicate Kyiv's reluctance to fulfill the key points of the Minsk agreements.

    Earlier Turchynov told the BBC that the main task of the Ukrainian military is now "meter by meter, kilometer by kilometer, while minimizing losses, to move east."

    "Mr. Turchynov's statement means that Kyiv …

  • Tillerson: Ukraine is an obstacle for relations with Russia

    Ukraine will remain an obstacle to improving relations between the U.S. and Russia until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.

    This was stated by the head of the State Department, Rex Tillerson, at a press conference in Moscow after a meeting with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov.

    "Until full progress is made under the Minsk Accords, the situation in Ukraine will remain an obstacle to improvement in relations between the U.S. and Russia," he said.

    The …

  • Mogherini: EU would be glad to lift sanctions on Russia if Minsk agreements are implemented

    The countries of the European Union "would be happy" to lift sanctions imposed on Russia once they have reached the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, but at the moment it cannot be done, said the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, during her visit to the United States.

    "We would be happy to lift sanctions against Russia if the Minsk Agreements were fully implemented," she said, speaking at an event at the Carnegie Institute in Washington.

    On the topic of US-Russia relations, …

  • Uncontrolled enclave near the borders of Ukraine: Is it the only way to solve the problem of the Donbas?

    Author: Dmytro Snegiryov, Head of Prava Sprava public initiative.

    Despite the fact that the parties to the armed conflict in the Donbas - Ukraine, ORDLO (separatists-held territories), and Russia - recognize the inefficiency of the Minsk Agreements, and the lack of prospects from the beginning, neither party offers another format, knowing perfectly well that it awaits the same fate.

    At the time, the representative of Ukraine to the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on the …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: Russia has not fulfilled a single point of the Minsk agreements

    The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine urged foreign partners to understand why the ban of shipping traffic across the contact line has been implemented. According to the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russia has not yet fulfilled a single point of the Minsk accords.

     “We have to state once again that Russia has not yet fulfilled any point of the Minsk Agreements. Obviously, there is absolutely no political will of Moscow to fulfill them,” the statement says.

    As the Spokesperson of …